Balakrishnan, Narayanaswamy

Distinguished University Professor  Ph.D. (I.I.T, Kanpur)

balakrishnanDept. of Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada L8S 4K1
905-525-9140, ext. 23420
905-522-0935 (fax)

Office: HH/206A



Research Area: Probability & Statistics

Research Profile: Order statistics, distribution theoryMy research interests are in order statistics, outliers, distribution theory, statistical inference, records, multivariate analysis, and industrial statistics. Order statistics arise naturally in many problems such as life-testing and reliability experiments, outlier detection, robust inference, etc. My work in this area covers both theoretical (like bounds, approximations, recurrence relations, characterizations, etc.) as well as applied (like linear inference, acceptance sampling plans, tolerance limits, prediction, etc.) aspects. Another major area of interest to me is statistical distribution theory. Statistical distributions play a fundamental role in many applied problems and form the basis for model building and parametric statistical inference. My contributions to this area have been through proposing new distributions, developing inference techniques for several distributions, and deriving characterizations of distributions. My most recent work concerns order statistics under non-standard conditions. Work in this direction is carried out by using permanents (of some special matrices) and their properties.


Publications available here

Graduate Students

Currently supervising:

Farouq Alam (PhD CSE)
Sandip Barui (PhD Stats)
Sayantee Jana (PhD Math (Stats))
Kai Liu (PhD Math (Stats))
Kavitha Neelangol (MSc Stats)
Chengwei Qin
(PhD Math)
Alessandro Selvitella (PhD Math (Stats))
Tao Tan (PhD Math (Stats))
Yiliang Zhou (MSc Stats)

Past students:
Hon Yiu So
Ick Huh
Yanling Jin 
Suvra Pal
Helton Saulo
Li Zhang 
Xiaojun Zhu
Omar Alghamdi
Xinyang Wu (PhD, visiting student) 
Lia Morita (PhD, visiting student)




Stats 743

Stats 770

Office Hours


Math 4P06

On Research Leave